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    In the book "Our Gods Wear Spandex: The Secret History of Comic Book Heroes," Christopher Knowles examines the roots some popular comic characters have in the occult and ancient mythology and has discovered the cover to "Action Comics" #1 may be the ultimate swipe!

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    Actually, being the first ever superhero cover, it would be the exact opposite of the ultimate swipe.
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    Not to mention there's barely a resemblance at all. I have sincere doubts that it's any kind of swipe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CBR News View Post
    In the book "Our Gods Wear Spandex: The Secret History of Comic Book Heroes," Christopher Knowles examines the roots some popular comic characters have in the occult and ancient mythology and has discovered the cover to "Action Comics" #1 may be the ultimate swipe!
    What Dox said. They're only remotely similar; the left arm and the legs are in completely different positions.

    Sounds like nothing more than rationalization to me. Quite a stretch of logic.
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    His legs are in different positions, the arms are in different positions, his body is turned slightly differently... and I don't think Schuster owned a lightbox.
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    Wow. That's completely inferior to any swiping that Land has done. Like everyone else, I don't see much of a resemblence. That isn't the only place I've ever seen a pose like that....
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    The more important topic here is...

    Which one of these guys swiped the other guy's costume design? The one of the far left or the one on the far right?

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    Well, Shuster might have liked the pose and given superman a similar one because it seemed mythological. If anything, it's an homage.:D

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    You're not looking in the right places, gents. I don't make these kinds of claims lightly. I've spent hours and hours going over this issue. Working with images like this is what I do for a living.



    Come over to my blog- there's a whole wealth of diagrams, overlays, and comparisons. I've got an essay by a very prominent Golden Age historian on this topic and all sorts of background information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CLKnowles View Post
    You're not looking in the right places, gents. I don't make these kinds of claims lightly. I've spent hours and hours going over this issue. Working with images like this is what I do for a living.



    Come over to my blog- there's a whole wealth of diagrams, overlays, and comparisons. I've got an essay by a very prominent Golden Age historian on this topic and all sorts of background information.

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    OK, looked over the pics.

    I think your stretching like Mr. Fantastic.
    'Dox out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CLKnowles View Post
    You're not looking in the right places, gents. I don't make these kinds of claims lightly. I've spent hours and hours going over this issue. Working with images like this is what I do for a living.



    Come over to my blog- there's a whole wealth of diagrams, overlays, and comparisons. I've got an essay by a very prominent Golden Age historian on this topic and all sorts of background information.

    http://secretsun.blogspot.com
    Now I see it even less. Like one and a half of the lines you drew match up with anything.
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    Mr. Knowles: Is your conclusion that Jerry Siegel was "deeply interested in the occult" based on more than resemblances between Lex Luthor and Aleister Crowley?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indigo Al View Post
    Mr. Knowles: Is your conclusion that Jerry Siegel was "deeply interested in the occult" based on more than resemblances between Lex Luthor and Aleister Crowley?
    It is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paradox View Post
    OK, looked over the pics.

    I think your stretching like Mr. Fantastic.
    Time will tell. I've got two of the top Golden Age scholars interested in this story and what I plan to do is hand it over to people who specialize in this sort of thing for their analysis. I've put up a new overlay showing the key points of placement and that's really as far as I can go with it. Plus, I do have a job and stuff!

    This wasn't supposed to take on a life of its own like this, it was originally supposed to be an illustration of a topic in an essay on how the NeoClassical movement had an enormous influence on the kids like Siegel and Shuster who developed the modern superhero. I'd recommend anyone interested in the history check out a good book on mythological art, particularly its evolution from ancient to Renaissance to Art Deco. Kirby was especially influenced by Art Deco, particularly when his work exploded in the mid-60's. It's almost like all of those angles and squiggles had been gestating in his mind for 30-odd years.

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